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Pros
"I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It helps create innovative reports for security.""The most valuable features of this solution are the Web Filtering and the APT.""Its simplicity is most valuable. I can install it and get it up and running, and it can be pervasive across my business within a business day. It is pretty simple and straightforward to install and configure. Its remit is reasonably clearly defined. When you look at solutions like Darktrace and Carbon Black, the mission objective isn't as clearly defined. Cisco Umbrella, Sophos Central, or some of the other solutions have a more standardized approach to antivirus, which includes enhanced response from the machine learning or deep learning perspective.""Cisco Umbrella is a totally different solution. They are the first to come up with this idea of security. It's a totally new concept of security for everybody, for every time, real time, perfectionism.""Some clients only want DNS security, while others want more of the advanced features that it has available.""It offers good visibility for the Administrator. The administrator has full visibility of what is blocked or has the knowledge of where users go when they are surfing the internet.""The security and access control features.""The most valuable feature is the ability to block users from reaching places that they should not even try to reach has been a boon."

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"The flexibility is a great feature.""The division of Control Plane and Data Plane is most valuable. It can be deployed anywhere, and you can control it and configure it from anywhere. This is one of the good features of this solution.""There are great security and ops features without the need for having a different box for security.""Their dashboard is also a good point for us and the customer. The solution is very clean and easy.""Overall, it's nice and very user friendly. That's what makes it so successful. They give you complicated features but with a very simple user interface, and that's been a big success for them.""It is very easy to deploy. The GUI interface is really good, and the security features are also very good. It is also stable and scalable, and their support is also good.""The most valuable aspects of the solution are the next-generation firewall features and geo-blocking capabilities.""The solution is stable and suitable."

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"The biggest feature is called D.M.P.O., or Dynamic Multipath Optimization, which is one of the technologies that they use to deliver or ensure data integrity.""It is very simple to configure. When you use the cloud to configure the equipment, it has zero-touch provisioning.""Anyone can migrate over to VeloCloud, it's that simple, just plug in the necessary cables and it's done.""It is fairly similar to other solutions. It has the capability for testing link connectivity, which is its unique feature from a control perspective.""VeloCloud developed DMPO to increase performance and connectivity.""In my experience, the setup process has been fairly straightforward.""I have found the dynamic multipoint protocol(DNPO) most useful because it can tell you which is the best circuit to use for different types of traffic.""The most valuable feature is load balancing."

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Cons
"It should have more integrations with multiple end user OEMs.""Missing a real data leakage prevention solution.""We would like to see the enhancements made to the EDR, as we see features that are running endpoint management.""I would like them to make some videos, practical videos, the kind with steps that people can use to learn and deploy""The price could be better. The price is definitely a bit high, but we have to pay a premium for Cisco products.""Data reporting could be improved.""This solution does not give us full, 360-degree protection.""It could be improved by having a local data center and caching, which can provide protection support. I would like to be able to channel my intel and my network traffic to their clouds, and this feature is not available. Advanced protection or any malware file support, which might be required, is not available."

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"Future releases should contain AI for the voice feature.""Another thing that should be improved in Versa are their firewall features.""With the pandemic and changing work models, it would be ideal if the product more accessibility options or more diversity within the solution itself.""I heard about them for the first time just before I started working on Versa. They do have blogs for information, but they could publicize more about the documentation and architecture. It doesn't seem to have that much exposure, and they should work on their customer base more.""We are thinking about how to make customers consolidate the loads to an SD-WAN network so that the customers can have bigger chunk from the SD-WAN side so that customers can have critical data be transferred with NPS VPN and non-critical data or some labeled traffic can be transferred by the SD-WAN network. I think it's a very important direction for digital transformation.""The support needs to be improved.""The UTM features can be improved. It should offer better functionality.""The smaller units lack a lot of functionality."

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"The firewall can be more advanced.""VMware SD-WAN could be improved with more automation and more integration, but each vendor could use these improvements.""VeloCloud needs improvement in terms of its security features.""The initial setup could be simplified for beginners.""They need more gateways""I would like for them to upgrade to 5G integration. Our customers have 4G now and the connectivity isn't good. It should be much faster.""There are a number of customers we have that require a fully mashed SD-WAN on VeloCloud that is not available currently.""Its integration with the security systems would be a nice implementation. They can also consider using a management platform for both network and security operations. This would be a great improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I am not sure, I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think it's $1.00 or so per device/month."
  • "Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans."
  • "The licensing part for Umbrella is really flexible."
  • "There are three models for licensing with different feature sets."
  • "I think it's worth the money."
  • "The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway."
  • "The price should be slightly lower than the current price because if you look at the whole solution, it is simply a threat intelligence solution to block blacklisted things. The price should be lower looking at the features provided by the solution. The price isn't too high either, but it could be lower."
  • "There is a subscription cost."
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  • "The price is expensive but it makes sense for the market."
  • "It is not very expensive because of the white box support. Its hardware is much cheaper than other products. With the support for x86 and white box, it is one of the most cost-effective platforms that are currently available."
  • "While I cannot provide too much commentary on the price, I feel it to be fair for the moment."
  • "We provide subscriptions for our customers on a yearly, not monthly, basis."
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  • "VeloCloud performs as well as the Cisco SD-WAN but it is cheaper in price."
  • "The price of this solution is higher than that of other SD-WAN vendors."
  • "The price of this solution should be lower."
  • "The pricing is very comparable to Fortinet."
  • "The price is reasonable for this solution, but the only challenge for us is that the Rand currency fluctuates to the dollar and provides some complexities. The price might go up just because the Rand has actually lost value."
  • "The cost of VMware SD-WAN is high, but I think you can still get better pricing if your volume is high."
  • "The price of the solution could be reduced."
  • "My understanding is that the pricing is in the same range as other solutions."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… more »
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    I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It… more »
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    The flexibility is a great feature.
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    While I cannot provide too much commentary on the price, I feel it to be fair for the moment. I should note that Citrix… more »
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    This solution is as stable as most firewalls. VMware is a reputable vendor.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    OpenDNS
    FlexVNF
    VeloCloud
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    Overview

    OpenDNS provides easy-to-implement Internet navigation and Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web content that you configure to be restricted.   

    Versa FlexVNF is a multi-service, multi-tenant software platform built from ground up on cloud principles to deliver scale, segmentation, programmability and automation. It provides both networking and security functions in a single software along with service chaining capabilities.

    Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the application of softwarebased network technologies that virtualize WAN connections to provide agility,
    performance and reliability for network traffic between remote and branch offices to
    data centers and the cloud.

    SD-WAN leverages cloud-hosting to simplify deployment and management of
    network devices and employs traffic steering to applications in the data center and
    the cloud. It combines the bandwidth of broadband with existing WAN connections to
    more efficiently and cost-effectively connect users to data center and cloud-based
    applications from any location in the network.

    SD-WAN optimizes traffic over multiple available connections (MPLS, broadband,
    LTE) to deliver traffic across the network, delivering a better user experience to any
    location. SD-WAN will dynamically steer traffic to the best available link, and if the
    available links show any transmission issues, it will immediately apply remediation for
    jitter and packet loss based on policies to ensure performance of the high-priority
    applications.

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    Sample Customers
    Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
    CenturyLink, RCN Business, Colt Technology Services
    Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Consumer Goods Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Comms Service Provider89%
    Engineering Company11%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider62%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Transportation Company8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Retailer4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise39%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Versa FlexVNF is ranked 4th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 10 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 25 reviews. Versa FlexVNF is rated 8.0, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Versa FlexVNF writes "Excellent integration capabilities, good UI and offers great security features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware SD-WAN writes "Scalable, has DMPO to ensure data integrity, good technical support, and zero-touch set up". Versa FlexVNF is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Zscaler SASE and Steelhead, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Juniper Contrail Networking. See our VMware SD-WAN vs. Versa FlexVNF report.

    See our list of best Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions vendors, best WAN Edge vendors, and best Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) vendors.

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